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Several of the other actors also appeared in other Dickens films James Hayter was Mr. Pickwick in "The Pickwick Papers" (1952), in which James Donald also appeared as Mr. Winkle. Hayter also played the bookseller in the film version of "Oliver!". Edith Evans played the Ghost of Christmas Past in the 1970 musical film "Scrooge". See more »
This film felt longer than it was. The acting and scenery were certainly enjoyable, but the story was difficult to get into. (I have not read the book.) Eventually I found it compelling enough to keep watching to the end. The characters' interactions were good and I became interested enough to wonder what Copperfield's shallow despair was all about and what would happen. On hindsight I agree with a previous reviewer that the flashback device created a character of Copperfield that was out of character with his life in flashbacks. What I really hated about the film was the awful perms on the lead and the heavy eye makeup on the beautiful women. I guessed this film had to have been made in the early 1970s. I was close. I actually felt relief when Copperfield came out of the water and his hair was plastered to his head instead of all poofed out and neatly clipped. Hardly Dickensonian.
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